Hawaiian Folk Tales

Hawaiian Folk Tales

by Thomas G. Thrum


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ISBN-13: 9781717518224
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/29/2018
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

I.Legends Resembling Old Testament History15
II.Exploits of Maui
I.Snaring the Sun31
II.The Origin of Fire33
III.Pele and the Deluge36
IV.Pele and Kahawali. From Ellis's "Tour of Hawaii"39
V.Hiku and Kawelu43
Location of the Lua o Milu48
VI.Lonopuha; or, Origin of the Art of Healing in Hawaii51
VII.A Visit to the Spirit Land; or, The Strange Experience of a Woman in Kona, Hawaii58
VIII.Kapeepeekauila; or, The Rocks of Kana63
X.Stories of the Menehunes: Hawaii the Original Home of the Brownies107
Moke Manu's Account109
Pi's Watercourse110
Laka's Adventure111
Kekupua's Canoe114
As Heiau Builders116
XI.Kahalaopuna, Princess of Manoa118
XII.The Punahou Spring133
XIV.Ahuula: A Legend of Kanikaniaula and the First Feather Cloak147
XV.Kaala and Kaaialii: A Legend of Lanai156
XVI.The Tomb of Puupehe: A Legend of Lanai. From "The Hawaiian Gazette"181
XVII.Ai Kanaka: A Legend of Molokai186
XVIII.Kaliuwaa. Scene of the Demigod Kamapuaa's Escape from Olopana. From "The Hawaiian Spectator"193
XIX.Battle of the Owls200
XX.This Land is the Sea's. Traditional Account of an Ancient Hawaiian Prophecy203
XXI.Ku-ula, the Fish God of Hawaii215
XXII.Aiai, Son of Ku-ula. Part II of the Legend of Ku-ula, the Fish God of Hawaii230
XXIII.Kaneaukai: A Legend of Waialua250
XXIV.The Shark-man, Nanaue255
XXV.Fish Stories and Superstitions269

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Hawaiian Folk Tales 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection of native Hawaiian myths and legends, ranging from tiny snippets of folklore to complex tales with rambling plots, was originally published in 1907. The stories themselves are generally interesting, sometimes just for the glimpses they give of Hawaiian culture (particularly the way in which Hawaiian folklore is intimately tied to specific places) and sometimes because they're pretty good stories in their own right, featuring the kinds of heroes and conflicts and random bits of supernatural intervention that can be found in legends all over the world. Unfortunately, many of them are not particularly well-told, and I couldn't help thinking that sometimes a little more context would be nice, for readers (like me) who have only a very vague familiarity with Hawaiian culture and history. Also unfortunate is the fact that it started off very much on the wrong foot for me; the first chapter, which is the only one to deal at all with Hawaiian creation myths, is entirely about parts of Hawaiian mythology that happen to have similarities to stories in the Old Testament, so it's pretty much just a collection of small, out-of-context pieces of stories that I'm willing to bet have been distorted at least a little bit to make for a better cross-cultural fit. The rest of the collection, at least, avoids doing any more of that. But, as the introduction points out, the stories have been edited somewhat so as not to offend Victorian sensibilities, which is annoying.The blurb on the back cover of the edition I have suggests that this is "an excellent first introduction" to Hawaiian folk tales and mythology. I suppose one could do worse, since I do feel like I've come out of it knowing more about the subject than when I went in. But surely there must have been better examples published in the last century.
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